Leadership Columbia 2017 in Full Swing

Leadership Columbia is a program of the Chamber developed to identify, cultivate and motivate future community leaders. The class of Leadership Columbia 2017 began in January and has completed its Retreat, Social Services, Education, and Healthcare sessions. Each session begins with an hour of leadership skills development with Tony Richards of Clear Vision Development Group, … Continued


Congress Members Share Visions on Reforming the Country’s Capital Markets

Heads of local financial institutions, members of Congress and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came together to discuss reforming the country’s capital markets. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) to host a Financial Services Roundtable yesterday at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. … Continued


March 2017 Member News

MEMBER NEWS The Taste of Mid-Missouri is coming up on March 13 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at The University Club on the University of Missouri Campus. To get more information and/or buy a ticket, you can go to the website here. 110 teams from throughout Missouri will compete in the Show-Me STATE GAMES Mpix … Continued


Grow Your Business at the Business Showcase

Two words, 14 letters. BusinessDictionary.com defines it as “the process of improving some measure of an enterprise’s success. It can be achieved either by boosting the top line or revenue of the business with greater income, or by increasing the bottom line or profitability of the operation.” Any guesses? It’s B U S I N … Continued


2017-2018 Junior Leadership Columbia Applications Now Available for Current Sophomores

All current sophomores in Columbia are encouraged to apply for a position in Junior Leadership Columbia (JLC) for the 2017-2018 school year. JLC is an annual program of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce which falls under the Chamber’s strategic initiative to Advance Community Excellence through developing the next generation of community leaders. This nine-month program … Continued


Chamber Urges U.S. Senate to Pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has signed a letter urging the United States Senate to consider and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA). The Chamber is joined by a coalition of 616 signatories from each state. Support for the passage of this act comes from a wide-range of industries representing the diverse interests … Continued


2016 Cost of Living Statistics Released

The cost to live in Columbia has again fallen below the national average. Living costs in Columbia were 5% below the nationwide average according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). Columbia received a composite index figure of 95.0 for 2016. The figure refers to … Continued


Chamber Unveils the 2016 Legislative Scorecard – Inaugural Edition

The Chamber has a vigorous process to form and create legislative priorities. This process begins during the summer prior to the legislative session. The Government Affairs committee invites community partners and our local elected officials to outline their objectives and priorities for the next legislative session. The committee also reviews recommendations from the Chamber’s other 11 committees submitting and discussing proposals culminating with the November meeting … Continued


Business Showcase is Near

One word, 10 letters. A noun. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.” Any guesses? It’s C O N N E C T I O N! The word connection is one that is continually mentioned when discussing anything “business.” Whether it’s … Continued


February 2017 Member News

Member News University of Missouri Extension is hosting the Community Development Academy at The Elms in Excelsior Springs, MO from March 27-31. This intensive, experiential, five-day course enhances your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Earn either continuing education units, 3 hours undergraduate credit, 3 hours graduate credit, or take as … Continued